TIBCO Spotfire provides executive dashboards, data analytics, data visualization and KPI push to mobile devices. It complements existing business intelligence and reporting tools, while midsize organizations can use dashboards and analytics tools. It keeps the total cost of ownership low by allowing users to build once and publish to thousands of users over internet or intranet, as a PDF or as MS PowerPoint reports. It can be deployed either in cloud or on-premise.
Spotfire allows users to define KPIs and send alerts to iPhone or Android phones. This enables teams to collaborate on mobile devices, while management can get timely information and manage by exception.
TIBCO Spotfire is an enterprise-ready, business intelligence and analytics solution with technical roots. It provides connectivity to databases including big-data tools and applications such as CRM, ERP, Excel and MS Access. It also provides native connectivity to R Project for advanced statistical analytics, automation services to automate sending PDF/MS PowerPoint reports and an API and software development kit.
Koay from Renesas Semiconductor (M) Sdn Bhd
Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees
Spotfire is an excellent solution for empowering business users to make confident, evidence-based decisions, however it's not a perfect solution for everyone.
Very user friendly and user can manage without IT assistance
Easy to use with dynamic dashboards and interactive visualization
Lacking embedded BI and production reporting. A bit expensive and less practical than Qlik for quick report. Spotfire is not the best BI Tool for analytics reporting.
Andrea from Cerved Group Spa
Specialty: Banking & Financial Services
Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees
I've used the demo version for a few days, feeding it with some use cases that I normally process with another top-brand tool
If you are used to BI tools, setup and learning curve are very straightforward.
It is very easy to connect to the usual relational data sources, I would say easier than many other rival products.
The off-the shelf visualizations are very attracting and some of them can pinpoint data patterns that would otherwise go unnoticed. Even better, the visualization wizard actually analyzes your data before suggesting a default visual.
Machine learning is built on the tool, by following a simple tutorial you can start training ML models on your data.
When accessing a data source, you can only join tables, but you cannot - for instance - specify custom SQL instructions.
The desktop tool cannot JOIN data sources coming from separate DBs. (a feature that I often use, in a competing product)
As I said, there are some very good visualizations, but they are hard or impossible to customize.
I found some situations where compiling a dialog box (perhaps with illegal Machine Learning parameters, given my inexperience with the tool) and pressing "OK" did nothing and did not show any error or warning message. Without some informative feedback, these dialogs are unhelpful for the novices.
The trial version offers - for a limited time - almost all the features of the of the paid version. Give it a try!
Xavier from Pfease
Spotfire is one of the best BI tool made for real analysts, not only analysis designers. The cross analysis functions are amongst the best with few scripting requirements.Spotfire is definetely a tool for analysing and discovering features: "Searching for something you do not know", instead of mere reporting.
A bit expensive and less practical than Qlik for quick reports. Spotfire is not the best BI tool for analytics reporting.
Take some time to get into the documentation, and do not try to get the best look-and-feel. Spotfire is Meant for data discovery.
Jason from Slalom
Specialty: Energy & Utilities
The product continues to be developed and offer business a user enabling and powerful tool for visually analyzing data.
Support from Vendor in the area of customer service is weak. Implementation as companies is done with little or no training making support a vital feature to organizations.
The Bi market changes so fast you can not rely on information about vendors or software that is more than 6 months old. Do your due diligence when review the available applications and find the one for your organization.
Amit from Praxair
Specialty: Energy & Utilities
I like this tool's in Memory visualization functionality.
Metadata management. it should have been more robust. Also building report logic is bit confusing
To build deep aggregation is little tough in Spotfire
PRAFULLA from Johnson and Johnson
Specialty: Software / Technology
I personally work on Tibco Spotfire for more than 4 Years.
Best things are:
1) Ease of use for all category of users (End user, Developers, Statisticians)
2) Intuitive, Drag Drop
3) Continuous New enhancement in new version so it always remains uptodate with latest trend in technology. Recent example is a "Recommendation" feature which is excellent and enable one as analyst even though you don't know about technology.
They should come with some cheaper version so that small scale industry and small budget people can take advantage of this product which is so immense powerful.
1) Use trial
2) Compare with other (Qlikview, Tableau)
3) Don't just trust by Sales demo
4) Connect to service team in spotfire before buying product where in they can create / provide some service to build analysis required for you. This small investment will enable you to evaluate if software is good enough for your domain/industry/use case.
(Believe me this small 2-3 days engagement is not a waste of money but a life saver as once you falls in trap of sales demo of other software and purchase product you come to know reality of fake promises)
Definitely Spotfire is not like that and you can trust on it. I am telling because i know Spotfire and other tools as well. Just go by this simple rule of self evaluation with small assistance.
Louis from Datatonic
Scientific, data exploration, high performance, statistical integration and SDK.
Fewer connectivity options versus some other product
Less training available although the product is easy to use
Spend enough time for a pilot project, as this software is a little bit harder to use in the first phase, but much faster and easier afterwards
Margot from PerkinElmer
ability to quickly identify outliers in the datasets
support documentation for external domain authentication is lacking for advanced infrastructure
Join TIBBR and take adbantage of all of the demos and whitepapers, educate yourself
Vanessa from UC B
I like the variety of visualizations, such as pie charts, line graphs, heat maps, cross bars. This helps because some visualizations make more sense to me than others at displaying my data.
The trainings are free and online and review basics. To understand some of the cooler features, you have to dig a bit with your IT team, online, or colleagues.
Take the time to do the basic tutorials, as it is the backbone to many other items. Also, join a meet up in your area, start a Spotfire group at work or attend one of the free user meetings to learn more. This tool spans over all areas.
Wendy from CapTech
This product is easy to use. The start up is fast, and the visuals are great to work with. I like the front end design elements. Everyone I have demoed Spotfire for has been impressed by the visuals, details on demand, filters, highlighting functions etc. I enjoy developing in Spotfire and learning more and more about it.
Modifying custom SQL is very finicky in the information services library. For example, after optimizing the SQL in SQL Server, Teradata, etc, you still have to fix the individual elements and joins, which is frustrating because, in my opinion, getting the code correct should be more difficult than jamming it back into the Information Services.
Pay attention to the back end data load; the moving parts and components necessary to support your data. Spotfire can handle clipboard to ODBC connects and data sources such as SQL Server, Oracle, etc. There is not a way that I know of to export your information link SQL, calculated columns, or column dependencies (which columns are used in which visual). If that is important, set up your documentation standards up front so you don't have to trace back and remediate.
Thomas from Econometric Studios
I find that this software is the easiest to work with R, and the visualization/analytical capabilities make it generally worth the cost.
Spotfire has a nice user interface that is easy to figure out and set up automated tasks. Perhaps the biggest advantage of Spotfire over other data visualization tools is its connection with R and the ease in which one can connect R scripts with Spotfire visualizations. The beginning process of visualizing data and the suggested visualizations that Spotfire offers is nice, although it does require a few more clicks if you don't like the suggestions Spotfire suggests.
Spotfire is more expensive than other data visualization software, although I can see why. Spotfire has a host of additional graphical capabilities and analytical capabilities that I think justify the extra cost. It took me a little while to figure out how to set up the analytical models, but once set up, things run smoothly.
strong stat based data stories
Multiple data formats supported, strong analytical background heavy duty statistical chops, ability to produce strong data visualizations
Less than stellar customer support, price higher than most competitors (offset somewhat by evaluation capabilities)
Intuitive data viz software that allows you to build interactive dashboards which tend to dazzle non-technical colleagues. You can build products and share it with your team or leadership and let them explore the data in a controlled, safe environment.
Not the best software for true statistical analysis but that's probably a given. Also if you have messy datasets you may want to invest in a software to help you transform the data and prep it before integrating into Spotfire.
1. Easy to use interface for building dashboards
2.Tight Integration and connector for popular databases
1.Tighter cloud integration
2.Need more Training material
3.New features and functionalities compare to Qlik or Tableau
The software allows a multitude of visualization options and charting types. The built in integrations (with R for example) are incredibly powerful and save a lot of time.
The software has a learning curve with some of the more advanced features. Training manuals for older versions are not readily available online.
We were able to help the client visualize their complicated data in an easy to understand format using pie charts, heat map, etc. that they were able to update easily to run different potential scenarios.
It's a great visualization tool when itegrated with a more robust BI (Business Intelligence) tool. The filtering capibility of this tool are impressive! On a side panel, as you keep applying filters, on the other side, you can easily visualize the results. I remember taking all the training online which was easily available and we were also able to contact a representative for questions. They also help with professional installation.
I selected and implemented this tool at a cilent site. Where the visualization features were pretty robust, we needed to integrate this with a stronger BI tool to be able to do complicated analytics. It can a bit pricey but it's meant for bigger organizations, hence not that big of a concern.
John Kenneth from HC CONSUMER FINANCE PHILIPPINES, INC
Employees number: 11-50 employees
You need to fully understand each function to appreciate this software. But once grasp, I assure you that you will never regret that you use this software,
This tool is too great specially for us who are analyzing large data. I really really recommend this application.
Reece from Medtronic
Employees number: 10,000+ employees
I use Spotfire to explore and visualize data from clinical trial, economic and financial databases. It is my go to method when exploring new datasets to get the quickest and best insights.
It is blazingly fast. I work with datasets that have hundreds of thousands of entries, each with dozens of fields. Spotfire makes analyzing this data real time a snap.
The learning curve is a bit steep, it takes a while to learn how to use it well. But the investment is well worth it.
Khaled from Al Ayuni Investment and Contracting Company
Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees
Siva from TIBCO Software Inc.
Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees